Get lost in the giant corn maze at Hurds Family Farm.
Get lost in the giant corn maze at Hurds Family Farm.

Best Corn Mazes to Visit with Kids Near NYC

Navigating the twists and turns of a giant corn maze is the perfect fall outing for adventurous NYC families. But with dozens of mazes scattered throughout the rural parts of the tri-state area, the real challenge is deciding which one to visit.

My family loves our annual corn maze trip to the local Queens County Farm Museum's Amazing Maize Maze. It's just the right size for kids, includes fun clues, and doesn't take all day to reach. However, if you're looking to get out of the city for that authentic country feel, or you're headed to upstate New York or elsewhere for a long weekend getaway, we've compiled a list of almost two dozen of the area's best corn mazes—most within 90 minutes of NYC.

We've broken down our picks to let you know which are better for older kids versus preschoolers, which are accessible by train—and which offers the best doughnuts! Most farms include extra seasonal extras like apple picking, pumpkin patches, pony rides, petting zoos, and even, in one case, a 100-foot mountain slide. For more farm fun, check out our Pick-Your-Own Guide to Farms near New York City, and our guide to harvest festivals, hayrides, and pumpkin patches right in NYC.

This season, it's especially important to contact the farms before heading out to check on current COVID-19 prevention protocols. Plan to bring a mask and practice social distancing. Additionally, many of these spots are family-owned and -operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.

If you haven't tried a corn maze before, don't be nervous! You're going to laugh, get a bit of family exercise, and have a lot of fun. Each farm does things a little differently, but generally, you will be offered a series of clues to help you navigate the maze and find your way out. Most mazes have emergency exits and ways to signal for help, so you can't get too lost.

Tip: Many farms don't allow strollers, nor do strollers always navigate well along the rough, bumpy lanes of corn. Pack the baby carrier and make sure your toddler or preschooler is up to the challenge, or risk carrying them part of the way. Some farms have more low-key challenges for little ones like hay bale mazes.

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Plan to wear a mask when you trek through the corn maze at Hurds Family Farm.

Best Corn Maze for Toddlers and Preschoolers: Hurds Family Farm

Modena, New York
90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Hurds Family Farm is open daily through November 3.
At just 2 acres, the maze at Hurds Family Farm is the perfect outing for young adventurers. A slew of other seasonal amusements await toddlers and preschoolers after the maze, including a hayride, cow train, obstacle course, playgrounds, apple cider donuts and slushies, and animal feeding. Plus, the pumpkin patches are open for picking. Check the website for special events.

Best Corn Maze for Fall Fun on a Budget: Fink's Country Farm

Wading River, New York
80 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Fink's Country Farm is open weekends through November 1.
This Long Island "agritainment" destination offers $17 wristbands ($15 for adults; kids under 3 are FREE) that provide unlimited access to a 5-acre corn maze and other farm fun like hayrides, face time with the barnyard animals, pig races, bounce houses, and a combine slide. Additional activities such as pony rides, pumpkin picking, and a kiddie train are available for additional fees.

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For the truly adventurous, hit Mazezilla in Pennsylvania at night.

Best Corn Maze for a Full Day of Fun: Mazezilla

Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Open Friday through Sunday, beginning September 12.
This popular corn maze at Klingel's Farm on the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware Water Gap has all the makings of a full day of fun. It can be difficult to settle on what to try first: the 11-acre corn maze, the pumpkin slingshot, or the impressive 100-foot-long "mountain slide." There are also wagon rides, farm animals to visit, a play area, duck races, and a large pumpkin patch for picking.

Best Corn Maze for Foodies: Argo's Farm

Forked River, New Jersey
90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Argo's Farm is open Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, November 1.
While most farms offer something to eat, the selection at Argo's makes this a stop for families craving more than just a puzzling afternoon. The farmers here dish up delicious homemade baklava, the requisite apple cider donut, sausage and pepper sandwiches, and many more tasty eats during fall weekends. Additional weekend attractions include pig races, pony rides, and pumpkin picking.

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Unlike most farms on our list, Alstede's agritainment options are available seven days a week.

Best Corn Maze for a Weekday Visit: Alstede Farms

Chester, New Jersey
Approximately 60 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via New Jersey Transit.
2020 update: Alstede Farms is open daily. Pick-your-own reservations are required and must be booked for access to the corn maze.
While many regional farms offer activities only on weekends, Alstede, one of the Garden State's mega-farms, offers activities daily, which means an opportunity for a less-crowded midweek visit. Along with pick-your-own pumpkins, apples, and vegetables, Alstede has a small kiddie corn maze in addition to its traditional 10-acre maze. Plus, you don't need a car to get here. Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station, and a FREE shuttle will pick you up, though make your reservations before heading out.

Best Corn Maze for Classic Fall Fun: Castle Hill Farm

Newtown, Connecticut
Approximately 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Castle Hill Farms is open weekends, beginning Saturday, September 26. Hayrides will not be running this season. Reservations are recommended.
This family-owned Connecticut farm offers a 7-acre maze, a 4-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch, hayrides, and farm animals to pet.

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The whole family can get in on the corn maze fun at Outhouse Orchards.

Best Corn Maze for Car-Free Families: Outhouse Orchards

North Salem, New York
75 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
2020 update: Outhouse Orchards is open weekends. Guests must book a reservation before visiting.
No car? No problem! You can hop a ride on the Metro-North to the Croton Falls station and then catch a cab to the farm. After you conquer the corn maze, grab a pumpkin from the patch to take home. (Be sure to take a small one as you'll be carrying it on the train!)

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Von Thun's Farm corn maze puts a creative spin on the pandemic.

Best Corn Maze for a Quick Day Trip: Von Thun's Country Farm

Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
60 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Von Thun's Country Farm is open daily, beginning Saturday, September 19.
A mere hour from NYC, a visit to the maze at this New Jersey spot doesn't have to eat up an entire day. The farm offers several challenge levels for its 6-acre corn maze. There's also a junior maze for little ones. Other farm attractions include hayrides, mini golf, apple picking, and more.

Best Corn Maze for All-Ages: Stony Hill Farm Market

Chester, New Jersey
75 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Stony Hill Farm Market is open daily, through Sunday, November 8. Check the online calendar for daily hours. Purchase timed-entry tickets in advance to ensure admission.
Another option for an entire day of fall celebrations, Stony Hill boasts an activity-filled maze park. This year's maze theme is "aMAZEd by Weather," and features a tornado, lightning bolts, and sunshine over the farm. Once you make it through the 10-acre corn maze, you can tackle a miniature corn maze, rope maze, and tile maze. When you're all mazed out, play a life-sized, farm-themed board game, romp in the playground, and score the perfect gourd from the pumpkin patch.

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The donuts at Etsch's Bakery Barn are legendary. Photo by Taylor Gold via Instagram.

Corn Maze with the Best Apple Cider Doughnuts: Etsch Farms

Monroe Township, New Jersey
75 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Etsch Farms is open weekends, beginning Saturday, September 19. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly encouraged.
The 8-acre corn maze is one reason to visit this New Jersey Farm. Another is the Bakery Barn, where you can indulge in seasonal specialties like warm apple cider donuts, homemade pie, and apple cider slushies. After you've eaten your fill, try the maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride, or hop on the corn train.

Best Corn Maze for the Agri-Purists: Lewin Farm

Calverton, New York
90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Lewin Farm is open weekends and holidays in September, daily October. Guests are encouraged to buy tickets in advance.
For those who want a quieter farm experience, this is the spot. There are no bouncy castles or pony rides here. The farm does, however, have a decent 5-acre corn maze with clue stops, designed and plowed by the owners. Allow about 30 minutes to navigate. Plus, you can pick pumpkins right from the vine. Call in the morning to confirm opening times: 631-929-4327.

Take a steam train to a corn maze with Delaware River Railroad Excursions. Photo by Mitch Goldman

Best Corn Maze for Rail Fans: Corn Maze Train

Phillipsburg, New Jersey
90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: The Corn Maze Train is open weekends through Sunday, September 27. 
Got a train-obsessed kid? Hop aboard the Delaware River Railroad Excursions' steam locomotive and chug your way to this 10-acre corn maze, where you can play maze games, enjoy the picnic grove, and (for an extra fee) pan for gemstones at the Ol' Susquehanna Mine.

Best Corn Maze for Fearless Families: F&W Schmitt's Family Farm

Melville, New York
50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: F&W Schmitt's Family Farm is open Saturdays and Sundays, September 19 through October 31. The Schmitts Farm Haunts run select dates from Friday, October 2 through Halloween.
This 7-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch in Long Island's western Suffolk County is home to the isle's scariest haunted house, and organizers have added a haunted corn maze in recent years. Not for the timid (or those under 8 years old), the dark labyrinth will have you trying to figure out which way to go with killer scarecrows and rotting corpses on your tail! The farm also offers non-haunted, daytime activities for kids, including pony rides, hayrides, and a giant straw pyramid.

The corn maze at Happy Day Farm offers high-tech options to help your family navigate the maze.

Best Corn Maze for High-Tech Adventure: Happy Day Farm

Manalapan, New Jersey
75 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Happy Day Farm is open weekends through Sunday, October 25. Guests must purchase tickets online before visiting the farm.
The central New Jersey farm celebrates the family game Maize-O-Poly, as you and your family navigate your way through the 10-acre maze in search of each square on your Maize-O-Poly game board. The techie extras like texting options and a GPS locator make for a modern-day adventure. This popular pumpkin picking spot also offers a small sunflower maze, a life-sized game of checkers, a playground, pedal carts, and a giant box of corn kernels to romp in. The farm is cash-only.

Raub's hosts a massive, 14-acre maze in Pennsylvania.

Best Corn Maze for Families Who Want to Go Big: Raub's Farm Market

Easton, Pennsylvania
90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Raub's Farm Market is open daily through Sunday, November 1.
At 14 acres, Raub's has the largest corn maze on our list. It's three mazes in one, nearly 6 miles long if you walk the entire thing, including one where you can play FSI—"Farm Scene Investigation"—and discover which animals kidnapped the farmer. If you chicken out, there's a hayride that circles the perimeter of the maze. Kids can hunt for hidden treasure or play a monster-themed mystery game. There's also a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and more.

More Family-Friendly Corn Mazes Near NYC

While our list highlights corn mazes within 90 minutes of New York City, there are several unique spots that require a bit more travel time that we can't resist telling you about.

Hank's Pumpkintown — Water Mill, New York

110 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Hank's Pumpkintown is open weekends.
Hank's Pumpkintown boasts so many fun fall activities for kids that we think it's worth the trip to Long Island's East End. The 7-acre maze is comprised of three sections, designed for different ages, ranging in simplicity from a pair of 15-minute mazes for tots to more intricate, hour-long excursions for families with older kids. The corn maze is just part of the vast park that also includes hayrides, wagon rides, and tractor-drawn train rides, plus calf roping, cow milking, a 50-foot long tube slide, pedal carts, and lots of other farm fun. The pumpkin patch is open daily; the maze park is open weekends and holidays only.

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Harbes Family Farm on the North Fork offers multiple mazes for autumn entertainment.

Harbes Family Farm — Multiple Long Island Locations

120 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Dates vary depending on location. See the website for details.
The granddaddy of Long Island farms, Harbes has three locations on the East End. Each farm has its own corn maze and seasonal activities:

  • At the Riverhead location, you can defeat the 5-acre Robin Hood-themed maze (and test your sword-fighting skills, too.) There's also a spooky nighttime maze. Open weekends and holidays.
  • The Mattituck location is the largest of the three with two mazes, including this year's Wizard of Oz-themed maze, a new obstacle course, and a slew of farm-themed attractions in the Barnyard Adventure Park. Open daily.
  • The Jamesport farm has the largest of the Harbes corn mazes at 6 acres, and also offers vine-ripened pumpkins for picking. Open weekends and holidays.

Cherry Crest Adventure Farm — Ronks, Pennsylvania

Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan
2020 update: Cherry Crest Adventure Farm is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, through Saturday, November 7. Check the website for daily hours. The farm will be operating at 50% capacity and is now cash-less.
This is my family's favorite destination for farm fun. Cherry Crest features more than 50 agritainment activities and one of the region's best corn mazes. It's too far for a day trip but makes for a perfect weekend spot.

Photos courtesy of the farms

A version of this article was first published in 2015; it is updated annually.

F&W Schmitt's Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road

Melville, NY

Fink's Country Farm
6242 Middle Country Road
Wading River, NY

Lewin Farm

812 Sound Avenue

Wading River, NY

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ

Castle Hill Farm
40 Sugar Lane
Newtown, CT

Outhouse Orchard
139 Hardscrabble Road
North Salem, NY

Raub’s Farm Market
1459 Tatamy Road
Easton, PA

Von Thun's Country Farm
519 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ

Etsch Farms
556 Buckelew Avenue
Monroe Township, NJ

Mazezilla Corn Maze
415 State Rte 115
Saylorsburg, PA

Stony Hill Farm Market
15 North Road
Chester, NJ

Happy Day Farm
97 Daum Road
Manalapan, NJ

​Hurds Family Farm
2187 State Route 32
Modena, NY

​Argo's Farm
1250 Lacey Road
Forked River, NJ

Corn Maze Train
99 Elizabeth Street
Phillipsburg, NJ
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